HE'S known for his hearty, king sized portrayals on TV and in films - as well as that booming voice of course.

And now the man himself, Brian Blessed, is heading to the Essex stage.

Southend Theatres have announced 'An Evening With Brian Blessed' will be coming to the Palace Theatre in Westcliff on Thursday October 11, and tickets are now on sale.

Billed as an experience that nobody should miss, the actor's eloquence and humour iwill have the audience captured from the moment he walks on stage until the moment he leaves.

The star will talk about his career on stage and screen including anecdotes from Flash Gordon, Black Adder, I Claudius and Z Cars and his many appearances in Shakespearean Productions.

But he'll also share snippets of his life you probably aren't aware of - such as the fact he's an avid climber and has conquered Everest and Kilimanjaro amongst others.

His show may not be suitable for people of a nervous disposition or those who aren’t expecting the odd expletive!

Tickets are £28.50. Call 01702 351135 for more details and to book.